Career Development Opportunities

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Public / Private Sector Opportunities

POSITION: District Manager, Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District

DESCRIPTION: Under authority of the Board of Trustees, the District Manager: plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive mosquito and vector control program for the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District; administers the policies of the Board; adheres to and ensures compliance with legal requirements affecting the District and its operations; represents the District and Board of Trustees in relations with the community, media and other agencies; and performs related work as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: A Bachelors degree in biology, entomology or related life science field or in public and/or business administration from an accredited university is required. A Master’s in biology, entomology or related life science is desirable. Experience: Five years of experience in the vector control field or related fields is required, including three or more years of supervisory/management work. This experience must include program planning and evaluation. Any other combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online using the link below.

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POSITION: Associate Public Health Biologist, California Department of Public Health

DESCRIPTION: Public Health Biologists conduct activities relating to the prevention, surveillance, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases in an assigned region of California. This position is located in Richmond (San Francisco Bay Area), California.

QUALIFICATIONS: One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Assistant Public Health Biologist, Range B; OR three years of experience in public health biology, one of which must have been in vector biology and control in a health agency or other related private industry (possession of a graduate degree in a biological science or closely related specialty may be substituted for the experience on the basis of two years of experience for a master’s degree or three years of experience for a doctorate degree); AND graduation from college with a baccalaureate degree in a biological or closely related science.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted by March 7, 2024.

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POSITION: Associate Director (Mosquito & Vector Control), Houston TX

DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control (MVC) Division Director, the Associate Director will provide oversight for key operational areas of the MVC division including, Mosquito surveillance, Safety, Insecticide Resistance management, Control Measures, and Education. The Associate Director will assist with budgeting, fiscal oversight and the development and implementation of preventive and control measures for vector-borne diseases to ensure the division achieves its goals of protecting the residents of Harris County.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in Entomology, Public Health, Ecology, Public Administration, or other related field. At least five (5) years of job-related experience in Mosquito Vector Control or other related field. At least five (5) years of supervisory experience or leadership role.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by 3/1/2024 11:59 PM Central.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: MPH students for Applied Practice Experiences in Vector-borne Disease, Eco-epidemiology Lab at Columbia University

DESCRIPTION: Primary responsibilities (one or more of):

  • Assist with facilitation of focus groups and needs assessments.
  • Assist in synthesis and development of Knowledge, Attitude, and Perceptions surveys.
  • Conduct online and in-person recruitment and surveys of multiple stakeholders.
  • Manage public outreach activities (online and in-person), including preparing and distributing announcements and reports, attending public events, and updating social media.
  • Assist in ecological studies of tick-borne disease control including tick sampling, managing camera traps, conducting tick and vertebrate image identification.

This is a full-time, temporary and seasonal position for Summer 2024 (May to September); part-time employment is also available for Spring 2024 (tentative January start). You can apply for one or both of these options.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Please attach the following in a single PDF document with your last name in the subject: (1) Cover letter outlining relevant experience (2) Resume/CV

Please provide the full name and position of each of your three references. Please include their phone number and email address in the “Contact Information” section.

Apply here:

Application review will begin January 8th, 2024.

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POSITION: Research Associate, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is recruiting for multiple research associate positions focused on tick identification, RNA extraction, and multiplex RT-PCR pathogen detection. The role involves processing samples received through the tick testing program, maintaining them in an organized inventory, and supporting public communication efforts for the program. The selected candidate(s) will work collaboratively with team members, adhere to quality standards, and provide assistance to the Principal Investigator in other ongoing tick research activities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: BS in any field of biological sciences. Preferred: Prior experience in tick surveillance and pathogen screening.

HOW TO APPLY: Send inquiries to Dr. Saravanan Thangamani:

POSITION: Evaluation Specialist, Pennsylvania State University, VectorED

DESCRIPTION: The College of Agricultural Sciences ( is seeking an Evaluation Specialist trained in program evaluation to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension ( and support the new Vector-Borne Disease (VBD) Regional Training and Evaluation Center. The Extension Evaluation Specialist will provide leadership and support for a full range of vector-borne disease training programs related to program evaluation, under the guidance of the Evaluation Director.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position typically requires a Master’s Degree or higher in evaluation, measurement, youth development, family social science, education, psychology, or another related field, plus 3 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference for additional experience related to one or more of the following: public health; epidemiology; program administration; volunteer support and management; program coordination and event planning.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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POSITION: Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist in Genetics/Genomics of Arthropod Vectors of Human Disease, UC Riverside

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside invites applicants for a full-time, Assistant Professor/Assistant Entomologist position. This position will start on July 1, 2024. The purpose of this position is to develop an innovative, fundamental and translational research program in the area of Genetics and Genomics of Arthropod Vectors of Human Disease. This 9-month, tenure-track position is a 40% Instruction and 60% Organized Research appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Life Sciences or a related field. Ph.D. candidates must have their degree by date of hire.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: First review of applications will begin January 15, 2024.

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POSITION: Vector-Borne Disease Education Program Specialist, PennState Extension

DESCRIPTION: The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Education Program Specialist trained in entomology, vector biology, public health, or related field to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Vector-borne Disease Program Team as part of a new CDC funded Training and Evaluation Center (VectorED Network). The individual will be responsible for actively working with the VectorED Network to formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these objectives, and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational impact in the area of vector-borne disease.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position will be filled as a level 3 or 4, depending upon the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Typical requirements for a level 3 include a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus four years of experience in vector biology, management, and control, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Internship, Fellowships, & Postdoctoral Positions

POSITION: Fellow (Post Doc), Kansas State University

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Fellow (Post Doc). This position will conduct research studying zoonotic viral diseases in vitro and in vivo including work with large animals, mice, and mosquitoes. This research uses traditional and molecular virological techniques in a BSL-2 and BSL-3 setting.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in virology, microbiology, biology, animal science, entomology, molecular biology or other related science. Four years experience with viruses, molecular biology, cell culture techniques, research conducted in BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments including animal research.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Screening of applicants begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Scientist, EEEv Eco-Epidemiology, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology and Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (New Haven Campus) are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position starting between April-June 2024 to study the eco-epidemiology of Eastern equine encephalitis virus in the northeastern USA. The position is for two years, dependent on performance and continued funding availability, with a negotiable start date, and the salary is $55,592.00/yr., including competitive medical and dental benefits. The research project will use xeno-serological assays and blood meal analysis to understand the host feeding preferences of Culiseta melanura and determine EEEV infection and immune status of avian species in EEEV hotspots in CT and NY.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in vector biology, virology, molecular biology, epidemiology, or a related discipline. Willingness and ability to carry out both field and laboratory work is a must, as is the ability to work as part of a team of researchers. The applicant should have a valid US driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license within two months of employment. Applicants will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate students to fulfill the research objectives of this project.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested candidates should submit by email a single PDF document that includes: (1) a cover letter addressing the requirements above, (2) a CV or resume, and (3) the names and contact information for three references (e-mail and phone numbers) to: Dr. Doug Brackney ( The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

POSITION: Graduate Positions (PhD), Texas Tech University

DESCRIPTION: The Brelsfoard and McMillan labs at Texas Tech University’s Department of Biology Sciences are actively recruiting up to two PhD level graduate students for Fall 2024 enrollment with interests in medical entomology and/or vector-borne disease eco-epidemiology. Both the Brelsfoard and McMillan labs use a combination of molecular, field-based, and computational tools to address novel questions focused on mosquito and tick-based ecology, biology, and pathogen interactions. Students would be affiliated with the Rockies and High Plains Training and Evaluation Center for Vector-Borne Diseases and have the opportunity to receive targeted training in medical entomology, pursue basic and applied projects related to the epidemiology and control of vector-borne disease threats, and network amongst a growing network of academic and professional public health institutions in the Rockies and High Plains region.

QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to those with experience (either through education, research, or professional) with vector systems of any type.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested parties are encouraged to contact either Dr. Corey Brelsfoard ( or Dr. Joseph McMillan ( Please include a CV or resume, available transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and names and contacts of 2-3 referees. Research assistantships will be fully funded via a graduate school fellowship and external funding.

Seasonal & Temporary Positions

POSITION: Seasonal Research Assistant, Eco-Epidemiology Lab, Columbia University

DESCRIPTION: The Eco-epidemiology Lab at Columbia University has multiple positions for highly motivated Research Assistants (RAs) to assist with research and outreach activities for the 2024 field season on projects studying the eco-epidemiology of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island, NY. The overall goal of the project is to evaluate human exposure to vectors and the risk of disease in urban, suburban, and exurban areas. The RA will assist our team with one or more of the following activities depending on their experience: online and in-person epidemiological surveys in greenspaces, public outreach and promotion of The Tick App, and tick dragging and tick host trapping/sampling on private and public properties. This position will provide strong training in conducting epidemiological assessments in a variety of settings, vector collection and identification, small mammal trapping, data management skills, and science communication.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a keen interest in disease ecology/environmental health/epidemiology/public health, have strong leadership and communication skills and be highly organized with legible handwriting. A valid U.S. driver’s licence and clean driving record is required and access to a personal car is strongly desirable. Experience with tick or small mammal sampling and identification, as well as with public outreach are highly desirable, but not required. This will be a fieldwork-intensive position, so RAs should be capable of working in challenging environmental conditions (e.g. rain, heat, overgrowth, steep slopes, fog, vector-infested habitat, etc.).

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin February 5th, 2024.

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POSITION: Part-time Vector Control Technician, Canton OH

DESCRIPTION: Responsible for conducting a variety of public health field or office duties under the supervision of a Registered Sanitarian, or other supervisory staff at the department. Duties may include the inspection of facilities, responding to complaints, investigation of mosquito and rodent complaints, sample collection including the collection of mosquitoes and birds, application of pesticides for control of mosquito and animal vectors, research, office duties, and other duties that may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent. Preference will be given if the person is enrolled in a college or university or has previous experience in the field of public health. Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license with a good driving record.

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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American Mosquito Control Association Integrated Mosquito Management

To help train the nation’s vector control work force on the principles of Integrated Mosquito Management and how to execute data-driven mosquito control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded the AMCA to create a virtual training program. This program consists of 13 modules created and instructed by 24 different experts located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Australia. Each module contains a reading from the AMCA’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management manual, a focused video on the topic between 13-33 minutes long, and a 10-question quiz covering both the reading and lecture. After completing the training program, a student may choose to take a 100-question, comprehensive exam to earn a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit Diagnosis and Treatment of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Viral Tickborne Disease Training Diagnosis & Management of WNV

Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

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EPA Integrated Pest Management Webinars

The EPA Center for Integrated Pest Management hosts a yearly webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in your facilities and environments.

Upcoming Webinars Previous Webinars

Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers

American Public Health Association


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center

Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network

New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements

Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs

Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities

Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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